(Of a person or their behaviour) miserly; mean with money: civic leaders were branded Scrooge-like for axeing their festive budget
More example sentences
- The office Christmas party is in decline, with fears of litigation and Scrooge-like attitudes dampening the traditional festive atmosphere.
- He maintains a Scrooge-like demeanour to make it clear he's not feeling festive - and that you shouldn't either.
- Did he not wish to been seen as Scrooge-like, withholding money that is currently earmarked for the least wealthy in the community?
1970s: from the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).
Definition of Scrooge-like in:
- The US English dictionary